Wednesday, April 16, 2003


Today's game was not as complete as yesterday's game, but the Cubs continued to play well and score runs. Carlos was not as in control as Estes was yesteday, but he got outs when they were needed. MIller let two past balls by that led to two runs, but Carlos pitched 6 innings and got the win.

The Cubs best news of the day had to be Sammy Sosa. For a few days it looked like Sosa was finally getting into a grove and today he continued it. The first inning 3 run blast staked the Cubs to an early 3-0 lead and then two batters later Choi lined a HR right about the basket in right center. The Cubs scored back to back 10 run games and the offense continues to produce runs.

I have to give a hand to Damian Miller. He hit his third HR of the season and looks really good at the plate. Miller's career high in HR's is 13. That happened two years ago in Arizona. I doubt Miller will keep this pace up on HR's, but he could break the 20 HR mark this season. The one mark that may fall for him is 47 RBI's. He has done that twice once in 1999 and the other in 2001.
The only thing that takes away from his day was the two past balls, but as long he is hitting the ocasional past ball is ok. The Cub catching core now has 16 RBI's on the season. Todd Hundley is just a bad memory now.

The one concern from today's game had to be Mike Remlinger. In only 5 innings of work Mike has 7 walks. Last season he only walked 28 men all year. The bullpen can not be effective if they continue to walk men.

One last note on the bullpen. Joe Borowski is just on top of his game. The bases are loaded and Borowski just comes in slams the door with a strikeout. If Alfonseca falters at all when he comes back to the team, Borowski will be called on. He is proving without a doubt that last season was no fluke. He know has 10 K's in 8.2 innings of work and walked none. He has only allowed 2 hits all season. Those two hits came in the first two games of the season. Borowski has been perfect in his last 7 outings.

The Cubs are still in first, but the whole Central is very tight right now. 9-6 is a very good start and the Cubs go for the series win tomorrow as Kerry Wood takes on Jimmy Haynes.